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AustraliaWorker forced to jump into the ocean from Whyalla jetty after it catches on fire

08:40  11 september  2019
08:40  11 september  2019 Source:

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Whyalla /hwaɪˈælə/ was founded as "Hummocks Hill", and was known by that name until 1916. It is the third most populous city in the Australian state of South Australia after Adelaide and Mount Gambier.

Worker forced to jump into the ocean from Whyalla jetty after it catches on fire© Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Black smoke and fire can be seen coming from the jetty in Whyalla. (Supplied)

A man has been forced to jump into the ocean for his own safety after the Whyalla jetty caught fire this afternoon.

The jetty has been closed to the public since 2017, and was in the process of being demolished.

South Australian MFS media liaison officer Nicolle Bradley said the fire was reported about 12:45pm today at Buttlingarra Way.

She said the cause of the fire was from sparks from cutting equipment coming into contact with combustibles.

"Workers were present at the time, with one having to self-evacuate by jumping into the ocean," she said.

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She said the estimated damage bill was still being assessed.

"On arrival MFS crews found approximately 75-metres of plastic decking had caught alight on the 150-metre long jetty," she said.

"Three MFS appliances, supported by one CFS appliance contained the fire in approximately 30 minutes.

"The cause and estimated damage bill is still being investigated and will [be] provided once it comes to hand."

Police said officers and fire crews were on the scene of the fire and warned that there was a large amount of smoke in the area.

They also advised residents to keep doors and windows shut, particularly those who may suffer from respiratory issues.

A witness who works nearby, and did not want to be named, said it was a spectacular sight.

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"It was pretty phenomenal actually, it just came out of nowhere and everyone at the restaurant went out and had a good look, and we were all debating about whether it was deliberate or by accident, but it was pretty, pretty rare to watch," the witness said.

George Vlachoulis was in Whyalla today and posted a video on social media after he drove by the jetty.

He said from a distance it looked like it could have been sparked by a grinder.

"As far as we were aware from a distance it was either sparked from grinding a light post down without adequate fire safety … or electrical from said light post because they were flickering last night which was out of the norm," he said.

Council approves jetty upgrade

The City of Whyalla Council has previously approved a new design for the jetty which consists of a 145-metre long and 4-metre wide structure with a large platform at the end and an additional 145-metre circle in the second half of the jetty.

On the council's website chief executive Chris Cowley said the new jetty would cater for all members of the community and visiting tourists.

"Not only is this jetty going to be much longer than the old one, it now has an innovative extra circle that is going to put Whyalla on the map," he said on the council's website.

"It allows the jetty to cater for recreational fishers and also tourists and locals who just want an enjoyable walk out on the jetty and over the water.

"We've more than doubled the size of the old jetty and made it even more accessible for everyone to get out on it to have a fish or just experience the magnificent waters we are so blessed to have here on our doorstep."

Kayaker stranded in the sea, found clinging to jetty.
The incident occurred at Rapid Bay, where a man fell from a kayak and was stranded in the water. 9News cameras were there as the man, aged in his sixties, was pulled from the water by rescue crews. © 9News A kayaker was rescued from Rapid Bay after becoming stranded. © 9News The man was found clinging to a jetty. Witnesses said he was in the water for up to an hour and was found clinging to the old jetty. Once retrieved, he was taken to shore at nearby Wirrina Cove, and examined by paramedics. The man was then taken to Victor Harbor Hospital for further assessment.

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